James Herbert Books In Order

Rats Books In Publication Order

  1. The Rats / Deadly Eyes (1974)
  2. Lair (1979)
  3. Domain (1983)

Rats Graphic Novels In Publication Order

  1. The City (1994)

David Ash Books In Publication Order

  1. Haunted (1988)
  2. The Ghosts Of Sleath (1994)
  3. ’48 (1996)
  4. Ash (2012)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Fog (1975)
  2. The Survivor (1976)
  3. Fluke (1977)
  4. The Spear (1978)
  5. The Dark (1980)
  6. The Jonah (1981)
  7. Shrine (1983)
  8. Moon (1985)
  9. The Magic Cottage (1986)
  10. Sepulchre (1987)
  11. Creed (1990)
  12. Portent (1992)
  13. Others (1999)
  14. Once… (2001)
  15. Nobody True (2003)
  16. The Secret of Crickley Hall (2006)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. James Herbert’s Dark Places (1993)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Ghost Movies (1995)

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James Herbert Books Overview

The Rats / Deadly Eyes

For millions of years man and rats had been natural enemies. But now for the first time suddenly, shockingly, horribly the balance of power had shifted and the rats began to prey on the human population.


The mutant white rat had grown and mated, creating offspring in its own image. They dominated the others, the dark furred ones, who foraged for food and brought it back to the lair. Now the dark rats were restless, and the white slug like thing that ruled them remembered the taste of human flesh.


The long dreaded nuclear conflict is here. The city is torn apart, shattered, its people destroyed or mutilated beyond hope. For just a few, survival is possible only beneath the wrecked streets if there is time to avoid the slow descending poisonous ashes. But below, the rats, demonic offspring of their irradiated forebears, are waiting. They know that Man is weakened, become frail. Has become their prey…
Remember with fear.


Three nights of terror at the house called Edbrook three nights in which David Ash, there to investigate a haunting, will be victim of horrifying and maleficent games. These are the three nights in which he will face the blood chilling enigma of his own past the three nights before Edbrook’s dreadful secret will be revealed…
And the true nightmare will begin! Remember with fear. ‘Disturbing atmosphere and constant unpleasant shocks.’ ‘Daily Mail’.

The Ghosts Of Sleath

Investigator David Ash is sent to the picturesque village of Sleath in the Chiltern Hills to look into mysterious reports of mass hauntings. What he discovers is a terrified community gripped by horrors and terrorized by ghosts from the ancient village’s long history.


The unmissable new action thriller from one of the biggest names in British fiction the No 1 bestselling author of The Ghosts of Sleath, Haunted, The Magic Cottage and The Rats. As millions of readers around the world will testify, James Herbert’s ability to shock and enthral is matchless. Now, in ’48, he has surpassed his own remarkable achievements to create an electrifying new novel of pure heart stopping action and invention that will take readers to new levels of terror and excitement. In 1945, Hitler unleashes the Blood Death on Britain as his final act of vengeance. Hoke, an American pilot and one of a tiny minority with a rare blood group unaffected by the deadly disease, has survived alone among the debris and the dead of London for three years. Now, in 1948, a slow dying group of Fascist Blackshirts believe their only hope is a transfusion of blood from one of Hoke’s kind. Ever more desperate as their deaths approach, they’re after his blood.

The Fog

The peaceful life of a village in Wiltshire is suddenly shattered by a disaster which strikes without reason or explanation, leaving behind it a trail of misery and horror. A yawning, bottomless crack spreads through the earth, out of which creeps a fog that resembles no other. Whatever it is, it must be controlled; for wherever it goes it leaves behind a trail of disaster as hideous as the tragedy that marked its entry into the world The Fog, quite simple, drives people insane.

The Survivor

It had been one of the worst crashes in airline history, with over 300 dead and only one survivor. Now the dead were buried and the town of Eton tried to forget. But Keller, The Survivor, wanted to know what unseen forces had left him still alive.


He was a stringy mongrel, wandering the streets of the city, driven by a ravenous hunger and hunting a quarry he could not define. But he was something more. Somewhere in the depths of his consciousness was a memory clawing its way to the surface, tormenting him. The memory of what he had once been a man.

The Spear

When Steadman agreed to investigate the disappearance of a young Mossad agent, he had no idea he would be drawn into a malevolent conspiracy of neo Na*zi cultists bent on unleashing an age old unholy power on an unsuspecting world.

The Dark

It came like a malignant shadow with seductive promises of power. And somewhere in the night, a small girl smiled as her mother burned. Asylum inmates slaughtered their attendants. In slimy tunnels, once human creatures gathered. Madness raged as the lights began to fade and humanity was attacked by an ancient, unstoppable evil.

The Jonah

The shadow of his past was always with him. But he never knew what it was, or when it would strike next. Sent to a small coastal town to investigate drug smuggling, Kelso stumbles onto a dangerous organization and suddenly, more than just his life is at stake. It’s his past, his future, his sanity. Through torture and drugs he discovers the terrifying secret of The Jonah and learns, in the most horrifying way, that it can destroy him as well as others.


Alice, a deaf mute, has a vision of a lady in white who says she is the immaculate conception. Suddenly Alice can speak, hear, and perform miracles. The visitation site becomes a Shrine. But Alice is no longer the guileless child overwhelmed by her new saintliness. She has become the agent of something corrupt, a vile force centuries old.


The nightmare begins before you sleep…
He had fled from the terrors of his past, finding refuge in the quietness of the island. And for a time he lived in peace. Until the ‘sightings’ began, visions of horror seeping into his mind like poisonous tendrils, violent acts that were hideously macabre, the thoughts becoming intense. He witnessed the grotesque acts of another thing, a thing that glorified in murder and mutilation, a monster that soon became aware of the observer within its own mind. And relished contact. A creature that would eventually come to the island to seek him out…
‘Guaranteed to give you nightmares’ – ‘Daily Mail’. Remember with fear…

The Magic Cottage

‘We thought we’d found our haven, a cottage deep in the heart of the forest. Charming, maybe a little run down, but so peaceful. That was the first part of the Magic. Midge’s painting and my music soared to new heights of creativity. That was another part of the Magic. Our love for each other well, that became the supreme Magic. But the cottage had an alternative side The Bad Magic.’ ‘What happened to us there was horrendous beyond belief. The healings, the crazy sect who wanted our home for themselves, the hideous creatures that crawled from the nether regions, and the bats oh God, the bats! Even now those terrible things seem impossible to me. Yet they happened…
‘ ‘Beautifully orchestrated crescendo of suspense…
Herbert had brought the shivers back to the genre.’ ‘Washington Post’.


There is a house called Neath that holds a dark and terrible secret. In that house there is a psychic called Kline who is part of its secret. The Keeper is guardian of the house, of the psychic, and of the secret. But now an outsider must protect them from a terrible danger. Halloran will combat men who thrive on physical corruptions; he will find love of a perverse nature; he will confront his soul’s own darkness. And eventually he will discover the horrific and awesome secret of the Sepulchre.


Sometimes horror is in the mind. And sometimes it’s real. Telling the difference isn’t always easy. It wasn’t for Joe Creed. He’d just photographed the unreal. Now he had to pay the price. Because he always thought that demons were just a joke. But the joke was on him. And it wasn’t very funny. It was deadly…
‘Chilling event follows chilling event…
The plot thickens. Your head spins’ ‘Daily Mail’. ‘He is one of the few writers taking forward the tradition of the great supernatural storytellers and being innovative’ ‘Evening Standard’. ‘A streamlined racehorse of a book, pulsing with energy, ‘Creed‘ will delight Herbert fans, and surely astonish them’ ‘Fear Magazine’.


It is the near future and signs of an impending global disaster are multiplying. Earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions sweep the earth. As the storms and tempests rage, a series of ominous events signal the emergence of a new and terrifying force. While scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef a diver watches fascinated as a tiny light floats past him towards the surface. Moments later he is torn to pieces as the reef erupts with colossal power. On the banks of the Ganges, a young boy pauses from his back breaking labours, transfixed by the play of a mysterious light amidst the monsoon rains, before a towering geyser of boiling water bursts from beneath the streets, scalding him to death. In the Chinese city of Kashi, travellers bring back reports of a strange light seen shining above the endless dunes of the Taklimakan Desert. And as the city’s inhabitants watch for its return, the desert rises up to engulf them in a tidal wave of sand. All have seen a Portent. A sign of unimaginable powers about to be unleashed. A sign that something incredible is about to begin…


Nicholas Dismas is a Private Investigator like no other. He carries a secret about himself to which not even he has the answer. He is hired to find a baby taken at birth and his investigation leads him to a mysterious place called ‘Perfect Rest.’ It is supposed to be a home for the elderly, but there is a lot more to this place than meets the eye. Here Dismas will discover the dark secret of the Others. And in an astonishing and spectacular finale he will resolve the enigma of his own existence. As chilling, as memorable and as timely as only James Herbert can be, Others will join the classics for which he is remembered with fear.


Remember the fairy stories you were told as a child? Tales of tiny, magical, winged beings and elves, wicked witches and goblins. Demons…
What if one day you found out they were true? What if, when you became an adult, you discovered they were all based on fact? What if you met the fantasy and it was all so very real? That’s what happened to Thom Kindred. The wonders were revealed to him. But so were the horrors, for not far behind the Good, there always lurks the Bad. And the Bad had designs on Thom. The Bad would show him real evil. He would see the hellhagges and the demons. He would be touched by perverted passion. And corruption. And he would encounter his own worst nightmare. The Bad would seek to destroy him. And only the magic of the little beings would be able to help him. Once…ames Herbert’s masterful novel of erotic love and darkest horror, will take you to a realm where fantasy and refairytaleside, where faerytales really can come true.

Nobody True

‘I wasn’t there when I died’. Jim True knows. He has returned from an out of body experience to find why he has been brutally murdered and his body mutilated. No one can see him, no one can hear him, no one, except his killer, knows he still exists. Freed from his body, True embarks on a quest to find his killer and discover why and how he has managed to survive. As he closes in on his murderer, True discovers that even the very people he loved and trusted have betrayed him. He meets his killer, a strange and sinister figure who can also leave his body at will. An epic and deadly battle ensues between True and a seemingly unstoppable and hideous serial killer a man now intent on even more murders, including True’s wife and child…

The Secret of Crickley Hall

The Caleighs have had a terrible year…
They need time and space, while they await the news they dread. Gabe has brought his wife, Eve, and daughters, Loren and Cally, down to Devon, to the peaceful seaside village of Hollow Bay. He can work and Eve and the kids can have some peace and quiet and perhaps they can try, as a family, to come to terms with what’s happened to them…
Crickley Hall is an unusually large house on the outskirts of the village at the bottom of Devil’s Cleave, a massive tree lined gorge the stuff of local legend. A river flows past the front garden. It’s perfect for them…
if it a bit gloomy. And Chester, their dog, seems really spooked at being away from home. And old houses do make sounds. And it’s constantly cold. And even though they shut the cellar door every night, it’s always open again in morning The Secret of Crickley Hall is James Herbert’s finest novel to date. It explores the darker, more obtuse territories of evil and the supernatural. With brooding menace and rising tension, he masterfully and relentlessly draws the reader through to the ultimate revelation one that will stay to chill the mind long after the book has been laid aside.

Ghost Movies

Collected here are short stories and self contained episodes from works which inspired movies including ‘The Old Dark House’, ‘The Ghost Goes West’, ‘Ghost Story’ and ‘Beetlejuice’, featuring authors like Herbert and Du Maurier.

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